If the Amsterdam was not a Protected Wreck, then the situation would be simple. The Secretary of State for National Heritage has the power to schedule wreck sites in "territorial waters off the coast of England" as ancient monuments. Once scheduled as an ancient monument, the Amsterdam would be entitled to whatever assistance English Heritage was able to give.
There are ways round the statutory non-involvement of English Heritage. A UK-based scheme for the consolidation in situ of the Amsterdam, possibly accompanied by further excavation, would be eligible in principle for submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund for grant aid.
The Heritage Lottery Fund, in turn, would consult the appropriate experts - which could, in fact, include English Heritage.
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